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Bricks may seem as boring and mundane as can be.  But not all bricks are created equal. There was a time when Ohio was a brick powerhouse for the state, the nation and the world.  Back in the golden era of brick paver making, the kilns of Eastern Ohio were constantly firing to meet the nation’s never-ending hunger for fire bricks and street pavers.  From the 1880’s to the late 1930’s billions of bricks found their ways to the streets and buildings far from their rural roots.  They don’t make them like this any more…they can’t. The time and expense to craft one of these by hand, glaze them with salt and stamp them is too labor intensive to make sense or cents.

I never thought much of bricks until I started the learn their lost history and came to respect the craftsmanship that made them.  Even though billions were laid and paved the majority have been lost to time – buried under layers of asphalt or dumped in landfills and forgotten.  These are the stories of my discoveries and how I came to appreciate these heavy hunks of heritage and why I made the time to pull history from the muck.

Attention visitors:  If you came to this blog doing a Google search for a brick or block you found – please share with other readers what you found, where you found it and any information or links you find about it.  This will help build the Brickpendium of knowledge here.

If you post a question like this: I found ________, how much can I sell it for.  I will delete your comment.

91 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Robert Hicks
    Sep 03, 2012 @ 01:31:14

    I just found a Metropolitan Canton, O. block in the woods behind my residence. I’m in Hamilton, Ohio.

    Reply

  2. Debby Sauceman
    Mar 21, 2013 @ 20:28:10

    I found an Ironton Peerless brick in Damascus VA

    Reply

  3. Tom
    Aug 04, 2013 @ 05:30:22

    I have found some McManigal Union Pavers while digging in my yard in Elsmere,Ky..

    Reply

    • Trace
      Mar 25, 2019 @ 16:55:25

      Found a Spilman brick in the woods. Was looking up history on it to see how old it may be. Any information about it would be interesting.

      Reply

  4. Brad
    Apr 02, 2014 @ 04:51:41

    I found a Metropolitan Block paving brick in Brecksville Ohio in 2002 alongside Station Road. I grew up there in the early 1960’s and went back there on vacation and found one of the original bricks loose along the road side and brought it back to Florida. I just cleaned off the excess mortar and read the printing. I don’t know what year Station Road was built. It runs along side the Cuyahoga River off highway 82 near the train tracks thus the name Station Road.

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  5. Joanie Myers
    May 03, 2014 @ 03:28:25

    I have bricks buried on my property by a creek that have raised letters and numbers that say PEEBLES BRICK OH. with 1908 below the peebles brick co. On some of the bricks they have 3 indented lines on the back side that go the length of the brick. Property located Jonesboro, IL

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  6. Tifffany
    Jul 21, 2014 @ 04:50:43

    We recently found some bricks at my husband’s grandma house, in Louisville, Ky, that say Ashland Ironton F.B. Co. I have been searching for a few hours now and can’t find anything. Has anyone any knowledge of this company?

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    • Arthur Rabourn
      Sep 07, 2017 @ 04:55:44

      There was an Ashland Fire Brick Company with plants in Ashland, Kentucky and Hayward, Kentucky. There were two Ironton Fire Brick Companies. One was the original plant of the Ashland Fire Brick Company at Hayward, Kentucky. A newer Ironton Fire Brick Company was located in Ironton, Ohio.

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  7. dale
    Jul 24, 2014 @ 00:35:43

    when the city was digging up Detroit Rd in Rocky River Ohio (west of Cleveland), I found pavers stamped on the end “1925 CONVICT MADE STATE OF OHIO”. In the past I’ve found a lot of CLEVELAND BLOCK, some with the dates 1909 & 1910, and WORLD’S FAIR 1893 pavers.

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  8. Kelli
    Dec 12, 2014 @ 23:01:26

    I am looking for a brick that says AETNA on it Would like to purchase it if anyone knows where to find one.

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    • joyce Riggin
      May 27, 2016 @ 08:52:12

      Hi Kellie did you find the brick with Aetna written on it. I was digging in my yard and found one deep under the ground. It was still in good shape and wondered what kind of brick it was.

      Reply

    • Tom Hubbell
      Jul 01, 2017 @ 20:47:21

      I found 4 bricks in very good condition with AetnA on them and would like to sell them if anyone has interest.
      9″ long
      4-1/2″ wide
      2-1/2″ thick

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    • Wesley
      Jan 17, 2020 @ 22:53:41

      R u still interested in the aetna brick

      Reply

  9. Lisa
    Apr 25, 2015 @ 04:51:54

    Aurora Ohio…found bricks with Cleveland Block 1909

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  10. Miles Stone
    Apr 27, 2015 @ 21:47:26

    Hi! I found two bricks stamped OHIO and CONARD. Can you give me some information on these two bricks? Thanks!
    Miles Stone

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    • Cindy
      Dec 07, 2015 @ 09:42:11

      I found these same 2 bricks today in Ashland. My daughter moved to a new home and sure enough, some say Conard and the others say Ohio. I wish I could find out more. My future Father in Laws name is Conard… Not Conrad. He was just diagnosed with 4th stage cancer this week and here I was standing in the middle of nowhere and saw a brick with his name on it. I asked to keep it and of course my son in law said, surely! Some said Ohio and one said Conard. I wish I could find more. Thanks ahead for any knowledge. Greatly appreciated!

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      • cmh gourmand
        Dec 08, 2015 @ 08:58:25

        Hi Cindy – this will help you out.

        http://brickname.com/brick/6023/

      • Momof2Boys
        Feb 21, 2016 @ 09:57:34

        John Conard who died in 1982 served as the President of Richland Brick in Mansfield Ohio for 50 years and these bricks were used in construction of many public and private buildings throughout Ohio, including several buildings at Ashland University where he and his wife left $500,000 to build a new student center which is named after them. My maiden name is Conard so I too was interested in learning more about the Conard bricks!

      • Bill Boose
        Apr 19, 2020 @ 01:20:55

        I have a number of Conard bricks that where left over when we built our house 44 years ago. I just sold all of the “Ohio” stamped bricks. I have maybe 8 to 10 of the “Conard” bricks if you want them. FREE
        We live in Norwalk…419-668-0790.

  11. Mark
    May 21, 2015 @ 17:24:40

    I recently found a red brick with AETNA written on it burried in the sand on a beach in new London Connecticut. I thought it was affiliated with Aetna the healthcare company at first but looks like these are out of Ohio like the Aetna-A brick you have?

    Reply

  12. Linda McCandless
    Jun 15, 2015 @ 17:07:26

    are these bricks worth anything? I bought a home and there are several in the yard

    Reply

  13. susan Youngblood
    Jul 21, 2015 @ 07:14:20

    Glouster O brick in Oak Park, Il

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  14. Marvett Minnick
    Jul 26, 2015 @ 23:07:10

    We have a quantity of perhaps 100 Portsmouth OH Granite block bricks that we will not be using. These were removed from a home in Chicago that overlooked Lake Michigan. We are located in Braidwood IL and this would be pickup only.

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    • Linda McCandless
      Jul 27, 2015 @ 02:40:40

      how do you know what bricks are worth? This is all new to me.

      Reply

  15. Gail
    Aug 07, 2015 @ 02:02:31

    I saw a brick in Natick, MA at a house in the backyard in a wall of bricks used to hold back a dirt wall that was stamped:

    HARRIS
    Z.O.

    with four indented squares framing the name. I didn’t see this one in your lists so thought it might interest you. Most of the bricks were stamped Metropolitan Block Canton O.

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    • cmh gourmand
      Aug 07, 2015 @ 03:46:26

      Thanks Gail. That is a Harris Block Paver. The ZO stands for Zanesville Ohio.

      Reply

  16. eddie
    Aug 27, 2015 @ 01:06:40

    I am an admirer of stamped brick and old pavers. I collect them from wherever I can find them. Thanks.

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  17. Shawn
    Mar 29, 2016 @ 15:21:37

    I am doing a reclamation job palletizing bricks for someone close to Cambridge Ohio. The bricks have three men’s faces stamped into them, kind of in profile. The house they are coming off of has a marker stone close to the roofline says 1879. Local people say the bricks were fired close by. Anyone ever hear of these bricks?

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  18. marvin barnett
    Apr 06, 2016 @ 03:17:08

    I’m in Mt sterling KY and have some red blocks or bricks from Portsmouth Granite Brick Co. Very good shape. Is there any value to these?

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  19. Raymond
    Apr 26, 2016 @ 16:17:08

    Yesterday in Mason County WV I found the remains of an old log cabin and next it a rootc cellar laid of brick. Some were Hallwood and others Spillman. Middleport Ohio is close by and also made brick. Curious as to why a closer scource wasn’t used?

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  20. Joe
    Jun 15, 2016 @ 05:56:44

    I have a patio made of “OHIO” and “CANARD” bricks. Is there a market for these? My wife and I are building a deck because the tree roots are lifting the bricks. We were considering selling the bricks to help pay for the deck.

    Reply

    • cmh gourmand
      Jun 15, 2016 @ 09:24:21

      The stock answer on this blog. Not typically worth more than $1 and more likely to be offered money if you have a large quantity.

      Reply

  21. Lisa Shive
    Jul 17, 2016 @ 20:28:42

    A friend of mine lives in a house in Somerville, TN with about a dozen Peebles Block 1908 Portsmouth OH bricks molded into the concrete porch. They were placed attractively and appear to have been placed for sentimental reasons since there is no need for bricks on her concrete porch. Also, each brick is quite legible and in excellent shape. Please tell us anything you know about those bricks. We’re very interested. I can be reached by email shivefamily@yahoo.com and I have pictures.

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  22. Tonya
    Sep 29, 2016 @ 21:27:51

    I found a brick that has OHIO embossed in the center. It is mostly orange but white in the center and the embossed OHIO is also orange. I found this brick washed up on a beach in Madison Ohio.

    Reply

    • cmh gourmand
      Sep 30, 2016 @ 06:14:57

      Would love to see a photo of the brick. Thanks for sharing

      Reply

  23. Bekah
    Oct 30, 2016 @ 21:31:14

    I found a Cleveland block from 1910 over fifteen years ago in a field in maple hts. Near Lee Rd South. Had to dig it out of the ground

    Reply

  24. Lisa
    Dec 07, 2016 @ 19:04:11

    Hi! While editing my photos, I have found a brick that is still part of a building and due to age and steel mill grime is only partially legible. I would like to send this photo to you in the hopes you can help identify the clay/brick company so I can share the info with my readers. Thanks for your time and consideration! My email is Lorain365@gmail.com -lisa

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  25. Christine Harrison
    Dec 21, 2016 @ 07:01:18

    I am looking for Harrison Bricks. My husband’s Family were brick layers in the Western Reserve and according to them, paved many roads in Cleveland. Would love to give my Husband a brick for his birthday.

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    • Mary Chadwick
      Feb 22, 2019 @ 12:46:52

      Hello, I can’t help you with the brick you want, but I am working on my family tree and Hugh, Samuel and William Harrison – prominent brick makers in Cleveland, Oh (1860 to early 1900’s) are some of my ancestors. They owned quite a bit of land on Petrie Street and elsewhere. But I think the brickworks were near Petrie Street. Do you know anything about them? Thank you.

      Reply

  26. Kristen Klein
    Jan 02, 2017 @ 03:40:18

    I have found bricks on my property stamped Ohio and conard conard our house was built in 1924 we live in Columbus Ohio

    Reply

  27. Daniel Frizzi
    Jan 17, 2017 @ 03:05:12

    All Brick Hounds should know that a public presentation will be made on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 6:00 o’clock p.m. at the Bellaire Public Library entitled “The Brickmakers of Bellaire, Ohio” . The Robinson Brick Plant, the Barnard Brick Company, and the Standard Stone & Brick Company will be featured. Speaker is Attorney Daniel L. Frizzi, Jr. who will present a power point display of personal photographs, and have on hand bricks made by each company. Lecture is free to the public, and is offered as a part of the Great Stone Viaduct Society Winter Lecture Series. Light refreshments both before and following the presentation.

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  28. Ashleigh Love
    Feb 07, 2017 @ 01:58:44

    Hello I found a old brick in the wall of are old home.. it is not whole but has a lil man on it. I’d love to send a pic to learn more about it?

    Reply

  29. Jacqueline
    Apr 25, 2017 @ 21:28:54

    I purchased my first home in West Park (Cleveland) Ohio. My cute older home was built in 1930. It has the origanal garage still. I was cleaning out the old brick to toss from the garage and found a “Cleveland 1909 Brick”. They used these bricks as pavers for the street and made thousands, but for only one year did they put 1909 on the bricks. After 1910 they stopped stamping the year. Pretty cool that I have one and I love my city!

    Reply

  30. Eric A
    Apr 30, 2017 @ 03:38:10

    What is or was Ironton Peerless…I found a brick today with that on it and been researching about it but haven’t found much regarding the company that produced them

    Reply

  31. Brandon Walters
    Jun 04, 2017 @ 23:25:04

    Found 9 Portsmouth Block pavers and 1 Ironton F.B.CO paver on the bank of Ohio River by mouth of Hogan creek in Aurora, Indiana. Walk my dog down there a lot so the current had to wash them up when the River was up. All are in good condition. I had to grab em.

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  32. Marshall
    Jul 24, 2017 @ 08:03:27

    I just found a block along the bank of the Ohio in Huntington, WV. It reads “H.P & B B CO.” I have never seen this block before and I couldn’t find it in the The Brick List. I have found several Portsmouth, Peebles and Carlyle Sciotoville Block in this area as well.

    Was this block made in Ohio or somewhere else?

    Take a look at the Crazy about Bricks group and join it. Then post your pick, I am sure someone can help you.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/445932502244810/

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  33. Susan Miller
    Aug 22, 2017 @ 06:55:36

    I have four paver bricks imprinted with: OWNSEN LOCK Z measuring 8 3/4″ long, 3 3/4″ wide and 3 1/4″ high. They were flound along the Kokosing River near Howard, Ohio. Does anyone know the origin of the above described bricks?

    Reply

    • cmh gourmand
      Aug 22, 2017 @ 08:07:40

      Check out the link for the Crazy about Bricks Facebook page on my links section and post there. You are likely to get an answer.

      Reply

  34. Stuart
    Sep 03, 2017 @ 22:20:27

    I found a brick stamped OHIO in Aurora, Ohio. Does anyone know it’s origin?

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  35. W Hubert
    Sep 30, 2017 @ 21:54:00

    Found some Minerva Block bricks in the woods behind my house in Southwestern Ontario. I’m curious where they were made and when.
    Thanks

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  36. Yep
    Oct 19, 2017 @ 02:34:04

    Ashland ironton f. B. Co. Paver found in Hamilton, oh. alongside old railroad depot.

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  37. Kathy Hoagland
    Nov 04, 2017 @ 19:34:12

    Exposed a brick fireplace. Stamped on one brick is 19×18. What does this mean?

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  38. Pam Darkow
    Dec 12, 2017 @ 00:57:03

    Hello! I found a brick that says Cleveland Block 1910 in the water in Lake Erie near edge water park. Can you offer any info or background? Thank you! Pam Darkow

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  39. Thomas Evans
    Dec 30, 2017 @ 06:03:52

    Hello I work for the city of mount vernon ohio street dept and would like to know some history on our brick streets we have canton metropolitan, 2 or 3 types of townsend zo,,Harris and nelsonville brick be interesting to know years they was originally used the.tatics they used to install them and why.they.used so many different sizes of brick . Any information would be appreciated

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  40. Jonna barr
    Jan 09, 2018 @ 09:34:45

    Hi. We live in a house built in 1847. After 3 years we finally cleaned the creosote off the firebox. We found one firebrick with “Ashland embossed on it. Any idea how old it might’ve? It’s a dark orange and is part of the floor of the fireplace We live in Lancaster Ohio.

    Reply

    • cmh gourmand
      Jan 09, 2018 @ 23:37:11

      That is probably an Ashland Fire brick. It would be from the 1890’s to the 1930’s.

      Reply

  41. Diana Carter
    Jun 05, 2018 @ 01:48:34

    Hope someone can help. While excavating at an old property in Schenectady, we recovered a fire brick with W W CO. imprint.

    According to research the Wenz-Wagner Company was started in Dover OH in 1880. It was purchased in 1891 by Whitmore-Robinsons, who changed the name to Crown Fire Clay Co.

    Does anyone know how long the W W CO. stamp was used on these fire bricks? My first assumption was it was only used between 1880 and 1891, but I have another reference that says the W W CO trademark was used from 1921 to 1942.

    Knowing the use dates will help us put changes in the building in a better chronological order.

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  42. Julia walkowicz
    Jun 06, 2018 @ 07:44:11

    Does anyone know if bricks were made in Tuscarawas County Ohio? I think my great grandfather worked at a brick factory but I haven’t found any information?
    Thank you

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  43. Darla Carlisle
    Jul 22, 2018 @ 19:22:52

    While renovating my house which was built in 1977, I found two bricks. One stamped Ohio and the other Conard. Apparently, these are the bricks used to build my house. Can anyone tell me anything about them? I used the bricks from renovation to build my firepit. It looks so awesome and I know it will become a conversation piece.

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  44. Mosaic in Red Clay – In the Valley of the Doan
    Aug 15, 2018 @ 08:40:00

  45. TIM MILLER
    Jan 23, 2019 @ 00:17:53

    Myself and a friend of mine recently bought 70 acres of land in Mowrystown Ohio. the land was occupied by Mowrystown brick and tile co from the early 1900s to 1972. Some of the buildings are still there and some old equipment. lots of brick lying around. interested in preserving the history of the plant and brick to collectors if interested. Not looking for money.

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    • cmh gourmand
      Jan 23, 2019 @ 08:33:00

      I posted on the Crazy About Bricks Facebook page, someone from there may be able to help. Check with Ohio History Connection for other ideas?

      Reply

    • Pops
      May 31, 2019 @ 10:30:25

      Tim, how can we get ahold of you?

      Reply

  46. Roger and Carole McDonald
    Mar 27, 2019 @ 04:00:24

    A Spilman brick as well as a Grafton WV brick was found when the railroad was excavating for repavement on the main downtown street (Second Street) in St. Marys, WV. The railroad track goes straight thru the downtown.

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  47. douglas urbank
    Apr 20, 2019 @ 07:02:13

    Clearing my parents’ home/estate following their deaths last year in Jefferson, Ohio. Found 3 bricks: BULA BLOCK ASHTABULA OHIO, METRPOLITAN BLOCK (CANTON?); & BESSEMER BLOCK YOUNGSTOWN. I would love to learn more about their histories. Thanks.

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  48. JENNIFER WHITE
    May 02, 2019 @ 21:34:34

    Found a brick with “OHIO” on it. Anyone have any info about it/them?!

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  49. Brenda Rieger
    May 12, 2019 @ 21:03:12

    found a Buckeye brick near Strasburg where a Dover Brick plant used to be

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  50. Sue
    Jun 03, 2019 @ 05:02:56

    I live in Allegan, MI. We dug a hole in our yard to plant a rose and found 2 Cleveland 1910 bricks among a lot of rocks. Wish I had enough to make a walkway!

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  51. Doug
    Aug 08, 2019 @ 13:23:29

    Greetings I am actually looking for a specific vintage brick (Minerva Brick 60’s) for a project over the next few weeks, can you reach out to me at dougsakmann@gmail.com if you can help thanks!

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  52. Pamela Roberson
    Sep 24, 2019 @ 06:59:30

    My sister just took out her chimney all the bricks say Canton Ohio or just Canton. They look like redish clay type bricks. Trying to find out how hold they are. They are in good shape. My sister lives in mid Michigan.

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  53. Dan
    Jan 29, 2020 @ 19:32:00

    Found a Massilon paver brick in a demolished house patio area in Franklin, Michigan

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  54. Marci Muldoon
    Feb 18, 2020 @ 04:18:15

    I found a Peebles Brick Co., 1908 Brick in beautiful condition in the back yard of a couple that I am clearing the estate for. The husband was born in Iowa and his wife was born in Michigan. They lived in Virginia most of their lives. This was found in Va. I don’t really know anything about these bricks, but I picked it up from the yard out of curiosity. What a great forum you have here!

    Reply

  55. David Thompson
    Apr 01, 2020 @ 07:53:26

    Hello, we recently purchased a late 1930’s cottage. Along the side of the home is a stack of bricks marked WYANDOT in the frog area. Does anyone have information on this brick. We are planning to integrate the bricks into the reno and would like to know the history.

    Reply

  56. Jackie Robinson
    Apr 25, 2020 @ 05:30:06

    Found several bricks in the Chagrin River with our name, Robinson on them. Any idea how old or what company manufacturer? Lake County Ohio, near Cleveland.

    Reply

    • cmh gourmand
      Apr 25, 2020 @ 06:22:03

      post on the crazy about bricks facebook page

      Reply

  57. Elizabeth
    May 02, 2020 @ 20:40:48

    I live in Roanoke, Virginia and the alley one street over has a section of pavers that say” Carlyle Sciotoville Block”. Very neat and well taken care of 🙂

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  58. marc miller
    May 03, 2020 @ 09:43:54

    i live in xenia ,ohio, i have owned an old building, which time
    has taken its toll, building was razed 4-26-2020 , owned for 29 years all brick building, all HARRIS under that name zanesville, (ohio) some of the bricks say townsend block , i save a few 100 of these bricks , but most damaged, ended up in as hard fill , my dads family is from roseville/crooksville area so i will use some bricks around our 120 year old house, sorry to see the old building go, mortar seemed to be crumbly, concrete cap had cracks , which gave way to moisture, on the same property , many of the same bricks buried, i believe these were street pavers , as they show no signs of mortar? just a guess will dig some up at a later date

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    • cmh gourmand
      May 03, 2020 @ 10:37:10

      Thanks for sharing and not asking how much the bricks are worth.

      Reply

  59. Monica Tucker
    May 11, 2020 @ 02:17:10

    Found a brick under dirt in my yard. My home was built in 1920. I live in Central Illinois. History of this town was a thriving country town. It had a major fire that haulted when the town had a huge fire. It went from being a railroad stop and stores to a struggling farm town.

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  60. Julia Eden
    May 19, 2020 @ 23:24:37

    I found an old partial brick while beach combing along Lake St. Clair in Harrison Twp, MI. The partial brick read: first line: ‘OHIO’, second line: ‘U.S.A., third line: ‘RK’ and an ‘F’ on the last line. I am assuming it was from Ohio Brick Works, if there is/was a company by that name?

    Reply

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